The Pressure Relief Valve

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The Left’s dishonesty manifests in so many ways. One way is the Left’s endless harping about “diversity” when what the Left always demands is uniformity.

Superficial differences are obsessed over.

Every TV commercial must have a representative of each race – else it’s “racist.” And sex, too – which is fungible according to the Left – although the same fungibility is intolerable to the Left when its assertion annoys the Left. As for instance when someone who doesn’t wish to be “vaccinated” but identifies as having been “vaccinated” is fired from his job by a Leftist Human Resources manager.

Meaningful differences are impermissible to the Left, even when the not-Left is more than willing to leave Leftists free to hew to their uniformity.

The past going-on-three years have provided a number of stark examples of this insistence on  . . . uniformity.

For the Left, it is not enough that they are free to stay home, to close the doors of their businesses and to practice various strange ritual behaviors, which they believe ward off airborne diseases.

It is required behavior – for all.

That is the “diversity” of the Left.

There is also abortion – a more honest term for the choice to end a developing human life than the evasive non-sequitur, “reproductive rights” – which few, if any question. Who is arguing that women shouldn’t be free to reproduce? The matter at hand is whether they have the moral right to end a developing life that most of them chose to conceive by choosing to have sex. That ought to be the discussion – for the same reason that paying the bill after a meal you just ate is not a question of “restaurant choice.”

The Left, being illiberal, does not want conversation – about anything. It is not interested in getting at the truth and then abiding by it.

It is why Leftists get so angry when someone points out the incongruity of Leftist positions, such as the one about “my body, my choice,” except when it comes to “vaccines.”

Because the Left is only interested in power.

Its power.

Superficial arguments are used to further that end – and abandoned when they no longer further it. Observe, for example, that Leftist politicians such as Bernie Sanders – who once decried the power of Big Pharma – now defend it, Big Pharma having become a tool of Leftists such as Bernie Sanders. 

There is also the Left’s abandonment of its pretended reverence for free speech – once it acquired the power to suppress it.

When the Left did not control the universities it protested vehemently for the “free speech” which it now denies anyone who questions the Left, at universities now controlled by the Left. It’s the same – and worse – as regards the “media,” most especially what is styled “social media,” all of it under the dominion of the Left.

Once one understands the Left – which more people than ever are beginning to – one begins to understand there can be no middle ground, because the Left is never satisfied unless the not-Left is ceding ground.

That the Left will not stop until there is no ground left for the not-Left to stand upon.

It is the same attitude as that which resulted, ultimately, in what is referred to by Leftists (and those who don’t realize they have been programmed by Leftists) as the “Civil War” – which of course was no such thing as the states which comprised the Southern Confederacy did not seek to control the federal government but rather, to get away from it. A civil war has always been defined as a war between factions for control of the whole. The English civil war, for example, was a civil war. But Leftists redefined the attempt by the Southern states to secede – and the federal government’s refusal to let them peacefully leave the “union” as a “civil war.” Very much of a piece with the Left’s redefinition of “vaccines,” which were once defined as conferring immunity upon the vaccinated person.

The period we’re living in would likely be familiar to the people who lived during the years just prior to the attempt by the Southern states to secede from a union they no longer wished to be part of, because the union was controlled, politically, by the federal government and the federal government was under the control, electorally, of the Northern states.

It was not slavery, per se, that the Southern states sought to perpetuate by seceding. It was the realization that the Northern states would never rest until the Southern states bent knee to the power of the Northern states, regardless of the wishes of the people of the Southern states to live their own way rather than the Northern way. This included being taxed by the Northern states to finance the ongoing marginalization of the Southern states by the Northern states, a compound-interest version of what Jefferson meant when he described the tyranny of being forced to provide funds for the propagation of ideas the person being made to finance their propagation considers abhorrent.

Well, here we are – again. Perhaps because of where we have been.

Had the North allowed what the Left never allows and let the Southern states secede – let them go in, peace – it is unlikely we’d be where we are, today. There would be a place for people who think their way is the only way – and those who’d rather go their own way. It is why – originally – there were 13 states, plural, not one state, united (at gunpoint).

The people of the original thirteen states – North and South – considered their states to be their countries and if this one or that one wasn’t for you, there were other countries that might be and which you were free to go to and live in, if you didn’t like it where you were.

That safety valve was closed by what is styled the “civil war.” Its closing assured that pressure would build, because it had no way to dissipate. That pressure now threatens an explosion, once again – if a way is not soon found to relieve it.

As then, this could be done – peacefully – if the other side would allow it. Now – as then – one side (the not-Left side) is more than willing to left Leftists live as they wish to live, in an authoritarian beehive of uniformity. It is merely that the not-Left prefers not to live in it.

The two sides could get along, if they weren’t living in the same country. Just as a divorced couple can be civil toward one another once they’re no longer living in the same house.

But it requires a divorce, first.

This would be stressful, as most divorces are. But it need not be rancorous, let alone violent – provided both parties agree that the separation is necessary; that it is the only way to resolve differences that have become irreconcilable. How this would flesh out in our day isn’t so much the issue as the necessity of the fleshing out. For if not, it is certain the pressure will continue building until, one day, it results in an explosion worse than the one that occurred in 1861.

Far better to relieve the pressure by accepting  our irreconcilable differences – and letting each other go our separate ways, in peace.

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82 COMMENTS

  1. HI RG.

    Very well stated. It is in fact a choice. That is one of the rare silver linings to the dark cloud of tyranny of the last two plus years. Many families learned that they could survive on one income. Many more found it better to home school, than send their children off to the public indoctrination centers. That is why courses like Ron Paul’s home school system are so important.

    As for women not wanting to be around their own children, that’s one
    of the artifacts of generations of propaganda that’s been spread around. The same goes
    for abortion. When ever you see things such as that that, its always wise to ask Who Benefits? Who benefits from weakened or non existent families? Who benefits from a declining birth rate? Who benefits from ever more dependence on government? (at all levels). To ask the question is to answer it. In a word the Corpocracy.

    In the old days it was simply called Fascism. The merger of government and corporate power. Today its the Oligarchs who rule from behind the scenes. The various politicians are just actors on the stage. The 2020 Selection demonstrated who really owns and controls this country.

    One can’t get much more in your face than that. But as with all such systems, it has
    verged over into hubris. I’ve no doubt that you are familiar with the historic results of such trends. We are indeed living in “Interesting times”.

  2. Another day, another jackboot. Make it stop.

    No matter what you do, no matter how hard you try, nobody ever appreciates it. lol

    If the sky is clear where you are, Pegasus is up there in the eastern sky right now, along with an impressive moon, it don’t get no better. And, also, too, Venus is shining bright.

    The raspberries are ripe, potatoes are killer, you have to live, might as well make the best of it.

    • China real estate:

      The central government’s efforts to cut down on speculation in urban condominiums, through such measures as tougher mortgage screenings, have begun to cool down the market. prices are dropping..

      “We Decided To Stop Paying”: China’s Mortgage Payment Boycott Spreads

      a billion pissed-off, 50-something Chinese housewives who thought they we so smart buying extra condos with income they don’t have.

      https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/we-decided-stop-paying-all-loans-chinas-mortgage-payment-boycott-spreads-property-suppliers

    • Tanks are being put on the streets in China to protect the banks.

      This is because the Henan branch of the Bank of China declaring that people’s savings in their branch are now ‘investment products’ and can’t be withdrawn.

      coming soon everywhere….

      Did you know that in 2011, the US passed legislation that would allow regulators to:

      1) Freeze bank accounts and use them to “bail-in” financial institutions/ banks.

      2) Close the “gates” on investment funds/ money market funds to stop you from getting your money out.

      3) Impose wealth taxes and seize unused assets.

      If you think that’s bad, consider that the Fed plans to both seize and STEAL savings during the next crisis/ recession.

      canadian government and others have passed legislation for bailins, freezing and taking money from your bank accounts to help out in a crisis. we are very close now. the great reset says you will own nothing and be happier. this is all part of the wef reset.

  3. A timely piece, for me.

    On Tuesday’ evening, I spoke with a neighbor. The topic was the Coof. Our conversation was brief. Very brief. I was struck most forcefully with the realization that, “I do not wish to live amongst you people. Not in the same street. Not in the same Village. We are literally Alien to each other.”

    Quandary.

  4. “Far better to relieve the pressure by accepting our irreconcilable differences – and letting each other go our separate ways, in peace.”

    Have you ever heard of a woman in divorce court willing and able to allow that to happen?
    Has any dictator in power ever allowed that to happen?

  5. Re Divorce which seems to be a big part of this thread:

    It used to be fault based. If you wanted to end the marriage you had to have a reason, insanity, drug/alcohol, fraud, abuse etc., a reason.

    In my state there was one judge in Detroit who began his domestic call with the words “Let the perjury begin”

    Then came “No Fault” divorce. It got easier no reason necessary, just I am unhappy, well so you made a deal, death do us part.

    Killer for the family, ie taking care of the kids. Kids do not care if their parents don’t get along, they just want parents, selfish little shits aren’t they? (sarc).

    All of the above pushed by the gov. Has impacted Blacks more than whites. Family basically destroyed for blacks.

    Divorce must be difficult as marriage is for the kids. Not the parents. Not gonna get into gay or fag marriage. It is simply evil.

    • Fwiw my ex (aka slutbitch) had one alcohol induced act of honesty: I was boring and she wanted to have fun. She did. And in the process the cunt took my child, home, money, self-esteem, etc.

    • Ugg, your comment reminded me of some of the stuff Walter Williams would write about, like, “The out-of-wedlock birth rate among blacks in 1940 was about 11%”…

      https://www.lewrockwell.com/2020/11/walter-e-williams/blacks-of-yesteryear-and-today/

      Mike’s tragedy/comment below seems like an all-too-common spillover effect due to what Walter wrote about via The Blob called goobermint.

      … It still amazes me that more people don’t get it.
      Back to, The Theory of Stupidity, I guess?
      Or,… it’s more, the persistence of evil people with power?
      A double whammy? Idk.
      Ruination is the result.

  6. “…what Jefferson meant when he described the tyranny of being forced to provide funds for the propagation of ideas the person being made to finance their propagation considers abhorrent.”

    I didn’t know that but I have thought about my property tax in those terms specifically. I pay for these schools and look at what they are teaching them! Unbelievable.

    Same thing with taxpayer dollars funding NPR. Screw that! I get to pay for them to further the liberal agenda and their outrageous lies?!

  7. Quote of the day — after “Joe Biden” said (probably confused or confabulating) that he has cancer:

    Nom de plume
    July 20, 2022 5:07 pm
    Reply to trevieze

    I don’t wish Obiden ill, but I would unplug his life support to charge my iPhone.

  8. The biggest reason is that the world is full of weak men. A strong man will bitchslap these retards. They’ll stick their boots on their necks. Yes, it will result in bad consequences (I lost my job because I refused to be a part of the COVIDIAN cult. I took a cheap shot to the face to defend my neighborhood. But no horseshit goes on in my neighborhood anymore.).

    Once upon a time a man understood that that was part of his role in life; a guy has to be willing to sacrifice to put an end to bullshit.

    Weak men make hard times. Weak men believe sucking their boss’ dick to keep their job is “the right decision”. To keep their income because that’s the best thing for their family.

    A plausible argument. But it’s horseshit. It’s how everything to go to hell. A strong man stands on principles. LLPOH; Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

    Men need to stop being cowards. Stop selling out to “keep the peace”. Fuck shit up when LLPOH is at stake. You lose in the short run, but it’s the only way we can keep our boots on these fucker’s necks.

    Strong men make good times. But strong men have to be willing to take beatings for doing so.

    • Anon:strong men,
      The rots too deep. All a strong man would be doing now is bailing a hopelessly sinking ship. I’m not one of the go-along-to-get-along tools but I’m sure as hell not going to fall on my sword to help this fetid heap. The best thing a strong man can do now is circle the wagons with his trusted crew and weather the storm. Monkeywrenching and starving the beast is also a fantastic way to “do your part”.

      • InTheWoods:
        Thank you for your input. I do appreciate it because it forces me to dive deeper into my thought process.

        My biggest concern I have now is that…yes…the sacrifice is much greater now. And this is my biggest concern. The longer men refuse to stand up, the worse it gets.

        Twenty years ago I called out my dad and brother for being weak men. The issue? The Iraq war.

        We have a second amendment that protects our right to defend ourselves.

        So why were men sucking W’s cock to have a police state installed twenty years ago? A police state that now has its boot on the neck of us that refuse to masking and needle rape. If we have a constitutional right to defend ourselves…why do we need state funded pension whores (or Eric’s term: AGWs) that (as we’ve seen with Uvalde) won’t save your ass?

        The longer men refuse to stand up, the worse this is going to get. Ten years from now the price to pay will be exponentially higher.

        • Anon,
          All real men have to do is have enough courage to refuse to comply. The people of India defeated the British empire largely by mass noncompliance. This is similar to the new trend amongst the Chinese of “laying flat” or “let it rot”. We don’t have to fight them with fists and bullets, we only need to remove our support and ignore their edicts. Give them a game of whack-a-mole nationwide by being a group of ungovernable and unprofitable dicks.

          • Hi in theWoods,

            I agree with you. I practice this, myself. Just say no – to Face Diapers, for instance. It doesn’t take a hero to tell a 17-year-old kid at Kroger holding out a Face Diaper, No. Apply the principle, generally. I ignore/evade “the law” whenever I consider “the law” to be stupid or tyrannical (or both). The feeling is empowering!

            • Not only did I refuse to wear a mask, I purposely walked the opposite way down the directional arrowed aisles and did not practice social distancing. I got looks from people (I didn’t and still don’t care). I had to tell a few maskhole shoppers to “f#ck off” to which they dutifully complied. I took time to congratulate other shoppers who thought as I did and refused to mask up or follow other “mandates”.
              In such situations, it helps to have a scowl on your face, warning others to “leave me the f#ck alone”. It almost always works.

              • I really like your attitude, anarchyst.

                Back in, ‘The Day’, yours was much more common than today.

                …Sad state of affairs, for sure.

                I sure do hope The Fourth Turning springs forth more young People with that same spark.

            • Hi Eric.

              A law that violates natural law is tyranny. But in this age of corruption and lies, being strong isn’t nearly enough. One has to be wise enough to exploit an enemies weakness. Not confront their strength. As much as I respect the Indians struggle for their independence. Their tactics wouldn’t have been nearly as effective against the Nazi’s. That is why I keep coming back to the principles that Lind teaches.

              You are seeing the rot, even out in your own area. They will just keep expanding out until, they have sucked as much profit out of the area as possible. Then its on to the next area to be ruined.

              As for the Zombie Plague, I suspect that over the next couple of years it will resolve itself. All cause deaths continue to pile up. We aren’t even to the main part yet. I expect that to really kick in by this time next year.

              The Main Event is the mid term Selections. If the Progs get well and truly run over by the MAGA train, they are likely to panic. Then things could get ugly fast. A large number of people aren’t in the mood to put up with another round of their nonsense. Three things one can know about Progs. They always lie, they always double down and they always project.
              Which means the next six months to a year are certain to be “interesting”. Take care of yourself and your partner.

            • Eric, et al,

              A couple of observations. Robert Heinlein once said…

              “I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.”

              That in a nutshell is the situation for us today. Another Heinlein quote:

              “Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything— you can’t conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.”

              Your observation that essentially the “leftist ideology” essentially amounts to an ideology of slavery is apt (at least that’s how I interpret your position..correct me if I’m wrong). However, the millennial generation in general, truly is fucked….and of course they are less homogeneous in their thinking than is presented by the dominant sources of “information”. But generally they are righteously pissed because the oligarchical power structure holds all the cards and there is perhaps a glimmer of awareness that their destiny is to be a generation of serfs. Because any history that does not kowtow to the 1619 “project” or to Howard Zinn’s depiction of America, almost none of this generation knows about the historical precedents for what is now occurring. The W.E.F. “Great Reset” looks an awful lot to me like the period after the Russian revolution and the establishment under Lenin of the tyranny of the Soviet Union. Well, in any case, I ramble….there are no solutions coming from Washington, Richmond, Nashville, Austin, Sacramento, Ottawa, Paris, Rome, Brussels et al, other than abject tyranny and totalitarian control…..ya gotta make your own communities…that includes socialists too….

              Finally, thank you for your well written commentary and for providing a community for kindred spirits to exchange viewpoints.

              • Once you accede to the doctrine of Democracy, you’re done. Mental enslavement, right there.
                Every Elector voluntarily renounces his autonomy, in favor of the Collective.

                That’s exactly what Democracy means.

          • “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.” – Thomas Jefferson

            Boilerplate libertarians sit on their asses while principled men provide their “utopia”. Do you really think the Amish get to live their lifestyle because they refuse to participate in “normal” society? Didn’t work so well for the Kulaks, did it? Their “Amish” lifestyle got them dead.

            • Hi Anon.

              That’s exactly my point. The Kulaks are just one of countless examples. Strength has to be used with wisdom.

        • Hi Bogbeagle.

          I disagree. A short list of things worth defending. Your Family. Your Tribe. Your principles and traditions. All are still worth doing whats necessary to protect them.

      • There is no weathering this storm. The fight is at hand. Circle the wagons, yes, but you will not be left alone. This horde is a horde of conquerors. They are out to conquer and seize power and control EVERYWHERE. Conquerors do not relent and allow their opposition to weather the storm. They exterminate all who stand in their way now or possibly in the future. Genocide is not an unfortunate accident suffered by those dealing with communist forces, it is a key strategy to the communists attainment of power. It starts with vilification of the other. Know any groups being vilified more than others with the consistency of a beating drum?

    • Men who aren’t cowards usually end up in prison.

      So, a lot of would-be heroes (the smart ones, anyway) keep their heads down.

      It’s not that they don’t exist. It’s that it isn’t time yet. When it’s time, you’ll know.

      Be nice…until it’s time not to be nice.

        • I like to think I’m of greater value by being employed and out of prison.

          This enables me to maintain a little island of freedom (my home) and bide my time until it’s time.

          I can’t fight effectively if I become a homeless vagrant who begs for change and lives in tent city.

          I have far more guts than most people do. It’s just foolish to rush headlong and alone into a fight that I can’t possibly win.

          Leave the Rambo fantasies in the movies, keep moving, subvert where possible, and keep your head down. No suicide missions. Be smart about the risks you take. Someone has to see it through to the other side, if possible.

        • Hi Anon.

          Spoken like a true fool. “Hero’s” get themselves and others killed. Being strong isn’t nearly enough. Throwing ones life away benefits no one. It just reinforces the idea that the enemy is unbeatable. Anyone can be a fool. But it takes wisdom, coupled with will and strength to study an enemy, to learn their weakness and avoid or negate their strengths.

          In point of fact, the Empire has lost every war its been in since WWII. The reasons for that are known. But those behind the clowns on the stage don’t want it to be any different. So it remains a play full of sound and fury that signifies NOTHING. Millions dead and trillions wasted. For what? So that those who lurk in the shadows can grow ever more powerful than they already are. Wake Up.

    • Actually, I can’t disagree with you, Anon… weak men do create hard times. Although, I would deem it weak people create hard times. Women have as much responsibility to call BS when they see it. All “keeping the peace” does is continued trouncing on individual rights.

      A bit of good news though – I admire the 22-year-old guy, Dicken, that shot the little prick (Sapirman) in the Greenwood Park Mall in Indiana on Sunday. He reacted in 15 seconds and shot him 8 out of 10 times. Not all men are cowards. That is pretty impressive for such a young man to keep his cool and return fire so adequately. He saved dozens of lives, and he did it by breaking the rules (illegally carrying). There are a few kids that give me hope that society may still have a chance to redeem itself.

      • RG:
        Thank you for your input and I completely agree. I can refer to a personal anecdote. My (now former boss) was female. I loved her as a boss. No bullshit. No drama. Fair. Everyone that worked for her loved her. I busted my ass to make her look good. And she went to bat for everyone that worked for her.

        But her bosses (female as it were) abused the hell out of her. I suspect they hated her for being a “worker’s boss”. God forbid that people love working for someone. What a stupid bullshit situation.

        And I totally agree that not all guys are cowards. My OP is that we just need a lot more guys (and gals) to join that club. I only pick on guys because I can speak from experience.

        This is a quote that many boilerplate libertarians just don’t get:

        “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.” – Thomas Jefferson

        I lived in Amish country for many years. They suffer from the same mental defect; they live in a utopia only because someone else was willing to spill their blood to preserve it.

        I’ll never stand down from calling it out. Just like calling out the morons that pat themselves on the back because think they’re a patriot…because they support sending their neighbor’s kids to get shot to hell in some third world shithole somewhere.

        If you won’t fight for it, you don’t deserve it. If you won’t then STFU and thank those who do it for you.

        • Hi Anon.

          You appear to have a rather odd idea of what libertarianism is. How in the world did you
          reach the conclusion that we are pacifists? Simply because we abide by the NAP (Non Aggression Principle) doesn’t mean that we don’t believe that counter force isn’t to be used.
          We simply refuse to initiate violence. We have no problem in responding to initiated violence, with what ever level of counter force is required. Protecting yourself and your family is a personal responsibility. Which is why the vast majority of the libertarians I know,
          tend to be well armed and well trained. Its a rather odd “utopia” that expects everyone to be armed, and responsible for themselves and their families.

          • BJ:
            Thank you for your input. I don’t disagree with your idea of what libertarianism is. I just find that most “libertarians” around me don’t stand up to threats to LLPOH. They talk the talk…then put on their stupid face diapers…or bend over for their needle rape. They’re fucking useless when it comes to preserving LLPOH. That’s why the world is infested with the assholes that Eric is talking about.

            These assholes want to kill you. Time to man up. Exercise your libertarian right to curb stomp the fuckers.

            • Re: kulaks
              When I advocate non-compliance and starving the beast that doesn’t automatically mean disarm yourself and get stomped into paste. By all means if or when these demons come to take it all from you it’s your god given natural right to hoist the black flag and begin slitting throats. I don’t think anybody here is advocating marching into the proverbial gas chamber by gung-ho aggression or meek submission. More like “hold your fire until you see the whites of their eyes” and “fight and run away to live to fight another day”.

  9. The leftists are takers & screwers while everyone else are producers & doers. The leftists are lazy, know it alls, narcissists who know nothing of reality while sucking off the gains of people who produce like parasites. They will never, ever agree to any mutual separation from others who wish to be left along to work and live in peace. They are indoctrinated to believe that they are superior and have as a right to rule over everyone else. The worst among them believe themselves to be gods and to criticize them is akin to blasphemy. The worst examples in worlds history being the Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, Mao, etc. They are now in this country destroying the economy, the currency and a social order that had served ordinary people well (until the “Things” regime was installed). If it isn’t stopped now and reversed, we are gonna end up in a really bad situation.

    • I think the solution is obvious: Exile.

      Drop them out of an airplane over the commute capital of their choice (Havana, Beijing, Caracas, Pyongyang, Ottawa, London, etc.).

      If we’re feeling charitable they can have parachutes.

  10. I believe it was Stefan Molyneux who I first heard make the statement:

    “once you understand that a leftists prime objective is total control over everything their behavior looks a lot more rational .”
    The acquisition of power is all they care for and have ever cared for. You will not be able to live with them for very long without them imposing their will upon you or forcing you to put them in their place.

    REMEMBER: fifteen years ago they all PROMISED they just wanted a quited life of sodomy and to be left alone. Now you are homophobic if you dont want a 35 year old telling your first grader about anal. Establish boundaries do not give an inch. A peaceful divorce would be preferable and maybe it’s possible as the federal government becomes less and less recant and ble to impose it’s will. Regardless the divorce is coming peaceful or not.

    • There is another way…
      Exile and exempt yourself from their laws, statutes and mandates and do whatever you want Flout as many of their laws, statutes and mandates as you can. There are many others who think as we do…
      Seek them out, but be extremely careful and wary about any others who could be “agents provocateurs” like FBI and other “law enforcement” types who absolutely cannot be trusted.

    • In the push for “rights”, we were told that all homosexuals wanted was “to be tolerated” and shown “respect”. Almost no human being could argue with that. However, that attitude has turned out to have negative ramifications and that nothing could be further from the truth…
      Sad to say, “tolerance” has morphed into demands for not only “acceptance”, but deference, to the whims of homosexuals, without regards for the rights of heterosexuals with differing beliefs.
      When homosexuals purposely target a Christian-run bakery or other business, making demands for not only “acceptance”, but using the “civil-rights” laws, forcing the owner to go against his principles, THAT, my friends is tyranny, under guise of “civil-rights”.
      Using the “civil-rights” laws to force business owners into actions that go against their basic beliefs is tyranny of the highest order, and has no place in American society. It is interesting to note that, in these cases where homosexuals wanted to “prove a point”, they bypassed many bakeries who would accede to their wishes and give them what they desire. As an aside, muslim bakers who refused to bake homosexual-themed cakes were NOT targeted for “civil-rights” violations—double standard, indeed.
      This kind of behavior garners no favors with most decent people and furthers resolve against militant homosexuals who want not only toleration, but total “in your face” acceptance of their “lifestyle”–something that some people find that does not “square” with their beliefs.
      It appears that the success of “equal rights” for homosexuals has renewed a push to “normalize” other behaviors, such as “transsexuality”, “cross-dressing”, and other “gender fluidity” behaviors. There is even a push by pedophiles and their advocates to redefine (decriminalize and normalize) their behavior, renaming it “minor-attracted adults” rather than the perversion that it is presently defined as. The “slippery slope” started with the normalization of homosexuality, and has degenerated into the demands for acceptance of every form of human dysfunction.
      Homosexual adoption of children should be outlawed. Placing children in homosexual “households” is child abuse in itself.
      Interviews with children who were raised in homosexual households invariably have one common note. These children KNEW “something was wrong”, something was “missing in their lives”, not having two parents, one of the opposite sex.
      “Live and let live” used to be a staple of American society, but was eviscerated with every “protected group” using the so-called “civil-rights” laws to force others to not only tolerate them, but making demands to accept them. Not good…

  11. The biggest problem created by Abe was the homogenization of the country. By centralizing everything in DC we are now faced with trying to get the eggs out of the cake mix after it’s been blended. I don’t know how it can be achieved, sadly.

    Here’s a thought experiment for you.

    Say the Confederacy had established its own nation. How would that have affected the outcome of the European “Great War” fifty years later? Without tipping the scales as did Wilson, would Hitler have arisen? Had that not happened…well, you get the idea. I think our world would be far different today. Not necessarily a better world, just different. Because the more I read history and The Bible I’ve come to realize times change but, humanity doesn’t.

  12. “There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.”  Robert Heinlein

  13. The “left” gains its followers primarily through the endeavor to live at the expense of others. In order to justify the stealing this requires it dehumanizes the people who produce the wealth. To make it acceptable to enslave them through government processes of law and taxation. Of course if the revolution goes far enough this dehumanization of productive people as lucky, privileged, exploiters, and so on ends up with mass murder followed of course by mass death of the left’s followers who no longer have the basics because the people who produced them are gone. And never is the connection made that the productive weren’t lucky or exploitative or whatever, they were simply competent.

    Permanent childhood or adolescence was intentionally brought about through the conversion to present schooling system. It is intentional to have a tiny ‘elite’ manage society. Independent adults cannot be easily managed to the degree desired. They can only be managed in such that there is some commonly beneficial goal arrived at through a mutually agreeable arrangement.

    • @ BrentP

      “The “left” gains its followers primarily through the endeavor to live at the expense of others.”

      Ding! If you could choose just one reason why societies disintegrate, this just may be it.

      The fascist “left’s” primary motivation above all else is the something-for-nothing mentality. In other words their only reason for living is to maximizing their incomes using whatever means possible (lying, cheating, stealing, fraud, etc) while having to exert the tiniest amount of labor or effort. I aptly label and name them Political Prostitutes. A better description might be Political Parasites, if you choose. And how well the system and status quo works for them. This is as close to perpetual motion as man has ever achieved. And the sad fact is that the productive class just doesn’t realize they have been made slaves & victims for these people. They unknowingly are made hosts for the parasites to devour. And the parasites know who they’re enslaving but why should they care, they’re the ones benefiting from this relationship. The victims don’t realize that their wealth which was legitimately & lawfully earned is being transferred from them to the parasites. And that’s why I call them slaves.

  14. Except for Jefferson it was the founders that engineered the silent coup that eliminated the only actual parchment that made the states and citizens sovereign for a parchment that changed these united States into The United States.. States were turned into just lines on a map when the final nail in the coffin was supposedly ratified… the 16th and 17th amendments.

    The founders “knew” how ALL Republics end but they unlawfully did it anyhow. ( Does anyone really think the Peoples and States gave up what little sovereignty they had after the silent coup and allow a direct tax on earnings!… all in the same year! This would be like claiming elections, especially the last one are all fair and upfront )

    The war on the Southern States was another bell ringer for eventual tyranny but even those living in that time never saw it. Then came the ‘equality’ issues by the women and the supposed minorities all funded and operated by the federal government and continues today in their depraved forms. One look at the executive office shines a light on that. Minorities think a check will make thing right,,, Women are tunnel visioned on their right to kill another human being gestating.

    Soon the US will be successful in starting wars with Russia and China. One can already see the hatred spread by the US and West. Once the wars start Americans and Europeons will line up for induction just as they lined up for the killer vaxx. More dead coming soon, yet Peoples of the world see none of the coming democide of millions/billions.

    As for the kiddies… boomers did no more or no less than other generations. The indoctrination centers called schools today had/have children approx ten hours a day or more pumping every known depravity into their minds. Thanks to the women going to work in the 1950s that are now never home, out on a job somewhere trying to make ends meet now that their entry into the workforce halved or more the normal salaries. Schools used to be absolutely frightened by mothers being right there whenever schools deviated from their principle job of educating. Today parents have to have a ‘pass’. Schools are pressing government ID programs by having kids use a dumb phone to enter and leave the premises, pay for lunches etc. . Parents are not even allowed to send lunches. Today, po-lice known as School Resource officers run around with guns strapped to their hips identifying themselves as the ‘authority’. Like most ‘officers’ they are rude and offensive to the children and parents that actually fund all this. Like most ‘officers’ today they are cowards when/if the time comes to defend children,,,, Uvalde anyone….

  15. I used to think that our leftist co-habitants of this territory were merely misguided and that enough logic-based arguments would bring them over to the side of reason.

    In my older age, I realize I was dead wrong. These people have religious fervor about whatever outrage is put across their nostrils because they believe policy questions are moral ones, not rational ones. They’ve ceased being an ideology and it’s become a religion for them.

    For example, if you don’t believe in climate change/global warming/global warming/man-caused climate emergency, you’re not someone who disagrees with them on rational points. You’re immoral and a threat to be either converted or eliminated. Same with guns. Same with crotch issues. Same with abortion.

    We can’t have a unified nation when one side believes that the other is fundamentally immoral and either must convert or be eliminated.

    My hope is that there is a peaceful separation in that the federal government is weakened to the point where it no longer lords over the states using its printing press and military and we go back to real federalism. If the Blue states want to ban ICE cars and rely on unicorn farts and magical wishes to power their grids, I say go ahead. If you want to allow infanticide, go ahead. Just don’t make me kowtow to such absurdity in my state.

    Also, I’d force Blue state carpetbaggers to vote in their old state for at least 20 years after they move to a red state. Georgia is turning purple because of these Godless carpetbaggers moving from the NE, which their voting habits ruined, to the Atlanta metro area. Same with Arizona and Idaho.

    I’m sick of these people and their nuttery. I wish they’d leave us alone. But they won’t because they have an almost evangelical impulse to spread their religion everywhere, hence our SecState talking to the Saudis about sodomy.

    • @dr_mantis_toboggan_md

      “Also, I’d force Blue state carpetbaggers to vote in their old state for at least 20 years after they move to a red state”

      A nice addition would be a person cannot vote if he/she is on government subsidies or welfare or payment of something they did not or do not or will not pay for.

  16. Do you like eight-hour workdays? Do you want weekends off? Do you like vacations? All liberal ideas.

    The Left doesn’t want you living a life that has some comfort and rest. Suffering and misery are planned for you. Nothing liberal about the Leftist scourge.

    The Left would have a fit if Blazing Saddles were filmed and released in today’s entertainment market.

    The Johnson’s at Rockridge didn’t want the Irish.

    The Indian chief spoke German.

    The movie even had an executioner on the job. Comedy that makes you laugh is what you get.

    Wouldn’t work for the loony leftards, only comedy that is controlled by how leftists view comedy is allowed, can’t be any other way.

    Just how it is, Rainbow Kitten Surprise for you.

  17. The Jefferson quote you cited really drives the point home. All of our lives we’ve been forced at gunpoint to pay for the instruments of our destruction. Abortion, endless wars, eliminating the role of the father in society, and many many more. All designed to as Jefferson said (I think) to ‘reduce us to absolute despotism’

  18. “Every TV commercial must have a representative of each race – else it’s ‘racist.'”

    Not true. Every commercial I’ve seen lately has only blacks in it.

    (There are a few commercials that have a super-intelligent, powerful black lecturing a fat, stupid white guy, though).

    • Hollywood’s twisted view of the world is part and parcel of its whole system.
      It seems that in Hollywood’s depiction of leaders, they are almost ALWAYS portrayed as soft-spoken educated blacks, despite the truth being otherwise.
      There is a “method to the madness”.
      Hollywood has always been anti-technology, especially when utilized by average Americans. Almost always, automobiles are portrayed as pollution-spewing vehicles while it is “trendy” for actors to be portrayed utilizing buses, subways and trains in their depictions of life. Living in a crowded New York City “walk-up” is also a part of the equation.
      In movies, whites almost always report to a black superior, although in real-life, that is almost never the case. Blacks are seen as socially and intellectually superior, while whites are portrayed as “pasty-white” ignorant “bumpkins”.
      The “mainstream media” has also become complicit in the “brainwashing” of white society, always making excuses for black criminality and misbehavior, calling young black criminals “teens”, and many times not mentioning race, although it is well known, when the “mainstream media” talks about “teens”, they are actually talking about “blacks”.
      It is interesting to note that “back in the day” (1960s), blacks were opposed to spending taxpayer dollars for NASA space projects, demanding that “the money be spent to improve conditions on earth”. Blacks still do not understand that the spin-off technologies that are a result of the space program have improved life in immeasurable ways.

  19. leftists they are the jackboots of the new world order.

    written by Brandon Smith:
    if you are a leftist and don’t like what he says go argue with him

    They are the ONLY group of people that has consistently supported mass surveillance, mass censorship and deplatforming, mass violence, property destruction and looting as well as violations of individual rights through medical mandates and lockdowns.

    Leftists are afraid to question anything within their own circles. To dissent on the smallest detail is to be a heretic, a traitor to the cause. They use the word “diversity” all the time, like a battle cry, but when confronted with true diversity (diversity of thought), they panic and react violently.

    Leftists don’t actually care about diversity; they only care that you have blind allegiance to the collective. Stray but a little, and the mob will come for your head. They LOVE plantations, they love slavery; as long as they own the plantations and they control the slaves.

    A natural consequence of this Animal Farm mentality is that irony and hypocrisy is lost on the followers of such movements. They project all their shortcomings and crimes on others. The devils they see in conservatives are actually the devils they see in the mirror everyday. That said, the higher up you get in the leftist pyramid, the less it becomes hypocritical and the more it becomes malicious and deliberate.

    The gaslighting, the word association propaganda, the selective memory hole they use to erase historical facts that contradict their ideology, the people at the top and their lackeys KNOW exactly what they are doing. They don’t care that their claims are hypocritical or outright fraudulent. They know they are lying, they know they are gaslighting. They’re not interested in being right, they are only interested in WINNING.

    There is much more going on here than meets the eye. There is a great deal of power and money behind the rise of the hard left ideology and there are certain people that benefit from it’s expansion.

    Leftists like to view themselves as the “underdogs” or revolutionaries fighting against “the man”. However, every resource of global power brokers has been offered in support of the political left. The “Man” is the ally of the leftists; in some ways he is even the creator of the leftist movement.

    They aren’t revolutionaries at all; they are the jackboots of the new world order.

    It was globalist institutions like the Rockefeller Foundation and the Ford Foundation that funded different elements of the feminist movement and “gender studies” movements from the late 1960’s onward. This included the Rockefeller Foundation’s large donations to ‘The Feminist Press’ and the Ford Foundation’s programs to indoctrinate university professors into injecting social justice talking points into their curriculum.

    That’s right folks, social justice activism was paid for and encouraged by the so-called “patriarchy”. This is reality, and it never stopped.

    Even today SJW groups are funded by globalists. For example, as the mainstream media often tries to dismiss or ignore,

    Black Lives Matter was initially funded by the Ford Foundation and George Soros and his Open Society Foundation. BLM coffers were flooded with over $100 million from uber rich white elites.

    Again, this is a FACT that even the dishonest spin doctors at Snopes are not able to deny. Instead, they attempt to use strawman arguments and sophistry to distract from the implication of extreme-left mobs receiving seed money from elitist billionaires.

    But let’s follow this path even further: Who gets the support of the mainstream media behemoths? Conservatives or leftists? The answer is obvious.

    What about Big Tech platforms? Do they enforce leftist ideological standards? Do they censor conservative viewpoints predominantly or leftist viewpoints predominantly? The reality is that conservatives are deplatformed from Twitter, YouTube and Facebook far more than leftists, this is verifiable fact.

    When alternative platforms like Parler are built, are they allowed to simply exist? Of course not! The leftists rampage in an effort to destroy them, but the leftists would have no power without the backing of corporate monopolies like Apple, Google and Amazon. Not only does Big Tech aid the leftists in their Jihad against conservatives, but the government does as well.

    They don’t just go after alternative platforms, they try to go after web service providers. And when alternative platforms move to more freedom oriented service providers like Epik, the leftists get government support in order to intimidate them also.

    Leftists revel in the argument that “freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences”; they seem to think it is rather clever. I would say, actually, yes, that’s EXACTLY what freedom of speech means.

    Freedom of speech means that no single group of people is allowed to use fear, intimidation and punishment to compel silence in other groups or individuals that disagree with them. With corporate monopoly and government on their side, it is clear that leftists have appointed themselves the sole arbiters of “consequence”, and this violates the constitution in every conceivable way.

    The collusion between government, corporations and extremist ideological movements is the classical definition of fascism.

    And, just as the Third Reich enjoyed immense funding, investment and industrial support from globalists and corporations in the decade leading up to WWII,

    the political left is enjoying immense support from the global corporate oligarchy today. You cannot be “anti-fascist” while you are colluding with fascists.

    quote from byrne……….(when you get your new nwo/ccp/un/.0001% government) “In 10 years, there’ll be prison camps with organs being harvested just as there are in western China,”

    The Chinese regime has been killing Falun Gong practitioners for their organs for more than 20 years, according to a panel of experts who attended a virtual conference hosted by the advocacy group Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH) on Nov. 19, and independent investigations.
    the track record of communist governments is a horror story:

    They have littered the 20th century with 160 million corpses, not foreign people killed in a time of war, but their own people, killed by their own governments in times of peace.
    Over 66 million slaughtered under communism in the Soviet Union,
    over 69 million murdered in Red China.
    Over two Million killed under Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.

    The millions more killed under Mengistu in Ethiopia, under Samora Machel in Mozambique, and Agestino Neto in Angola and under Fidel Castro in Cuba.”

    when communists take over: The third stage instigates a crisis that leads to a civil war, revolution, or foreign invasion. This stage only took 2-6 months.
    This is the stage when the leftist idealists, or “useful idiots,” are no longer needed, because they would be disillusioned, become obstacles, push back, turn against the new government. They are going to be eliminated, exiled, or imprisoned.
    note: this is the interesting part, when the communists takeover, leftist idealists, or “useful idiots,” who helped the communists are exterminated. for one they know too much.

    The germ bs was the marketing pitch to get you to get the extermination injection, this war bs is the marketing pitch to get approval, your enthusiastic approval for a nuclear war that will exterminate you. Someone said humans are self-destruct, they were on to something.

  20. ‘Far better to relieve the pressure by accepting our irreconcilable differences – and letting each other go our separate ways, in peace.’ — eric

    Since “it’s okay if we [the Left] do it,” I heartily encourage the DPRK (Democratic Peoples Republic of Kalifornia) to take the initiative and declare its sovereign independence.

    “Don’t let the door slam your butt on the way out,” we’ll bid cheerfully, as our Kalifornian komrades start their long march to socialist utopia (or riots and starvation, as the case may be).

  21. The Left would be much easier to live with if they weren’t batshit crazy. Trans for one of many examples. The group comprises about 0.2% of the population, and many of those probably claim to be because it’s the “cool” thing to do. Yet all our lives are to revolve around them? I suspect more believe in ghosts, unicorns, flat earth, and fairies.
    It’s no wonder the Left has historically been the source of tyranny. Tyranny is the only way their delusions can be implemented among the more sane. Which is why the Left always falls into bed with the “elites”. Because that’s what the elites want too.

    • Therein lay the problem: they _are_ batshit crazy.

      I’d contend at some point in the future, if we can’t get away from them, we’ll have to get rid of them. No doubt they’d be happy in the lefty paradise of North Korea.

    • Hi John,

      I think the problem with many (not all) of those who are labeled Millennials and Gen Zers is a lack of confidence. Something that many (not all) Boomers and Gen Xers (their parents) failed at. These “kids” have no idea how to think. They are so desperate to conform because our generations wanted to make it easy for them. I grew up a latch key kid as did most of my generation. Mom and Dad both worked long hours and the cleaning, cooking, and general responsibilities fell on my sisters and me.

      Today, we have kids involved in so many activities and constantly on the run that they do not have time to enjoy the freedom that our generations had. We do them a disservice. Many can’t handle the most basic of decisions as young adults and end up failing because they were wrongly taught “everyone is a winner”. Wrong! Failure makes one tougher. It is how we learn not to repeat certain mistakes. We didn’t want our kids to struggle so we made sure they didn’t. We (generalization, not us, personally) created the little monsters of today.

      Even as parents see the destruction that the school system and society are doing to their kids they won’t fight back. Parents are losing to Big Brother and wokeism. This is an easy battle to win, but parents must make decisions now and not cross their fingers and say, “my kid will be fine, I hope.”

      • Hi RG,

        I agree with your summary – as a Gen X latchkey kid myself. Your experience dovetails with my own. When I got home from school, I was on my own. Walked the long way from the bus-stop drop-off point at the bottom of the road to our subdivision to the house, let myself in – and then did what I wanted, which was usually hop on my bike and go find my friends or just knock around the neighborhood. We all did this. There wasn’t endless homework and scripted/organized activities. A few of us played organized sports. None of us played them every day or every other day, even. Many of us spent our free time – and we had a lot of it – exploring and adventuring; in other words, developing our sense of independence. By the time we were 15, we usually had part-time jobs and were champing at the bit to get our driver’s licenses – after which we were young adults and already well on our way to becoming adults.

        Kids who have every moment of their free time scripted, who are driven everywhere by parents who hover over them remain children, often well into adult.

        • Eric,
          Which drives them,
          Batshit crazy.
          A few years ago, it was not uncommon for a parent to accompany their child for a job interview. Which of course immediately disqualified them for the job. Helicopter parents raise permanent children. Which turn to the left, because it’s a childish endeavor.

      • RG,
        And who made you a latchkey kid? The FedGov. Women were so well “liberated” in the ’60s, that the FedGov nearly doubled the tax burden. Forcing mothers into the workforce, to pay the tax bill.

        • Hi John

          The government did not hold a gun to my mother’s head and state, “go to work.” Mothers (and fathers) choose to work or not. The government has more control over those that dont produce because the independent do not need Uncle Sam to survive.

          I am a working mother. I also homeschool my children. I think it is extremely unfair to tell a woman “you are now a mother, stay home.” Over 30% of marriages now end in divorce. Should a woman just hope her man doesn’t hightail it out for a newer and younger model to replace her? No home, no money, no job and most important, no independence. Where does a woman with no money go? Oh yeah, to the State.

          The beginning of the end of the nuclear family did not begin with women working outside the home, but parents not paying attention to the indoctrination by the state through public schooling. Even with Mom at home Johnny and Susie were still attending daily lessons created by Uncle Sam. I know a handful of women that stay home and their children are no more well adjusted or capable than mine. The difference? Mine stayed out of the system and were reared by my husband and myself. Whether I held a job or not was irrelevant to their upbringing other than they went on nicer vacations.

          • RG,
            Women initiate 70% of divorce (up to 90% for the educated). Husbands aren’t generally shopping for a newer model but hypergamy definitely drives many wives to trade up for a “better” man.
            This may just be one guys experience but most (almost all) of the women that have “made moves” on me were in a relationship or married. These are not few and far between incidents and It’s fucking disturbing. They always seem to keep a backup cock strung along as a plan B if they’re not outright soliciting for an affair or fling. The nuclear family died with the push for career women and no-fault divorce.

            …and I quote the best troll ever… “Islam is right about women”

            Just remember, women generally reach full maturity by age 16, it takes until age 26 for men. IT SHOWS. This is spun to make it seem like women are somehow better or smarter. What it says to me is most women are perpetual teenage brats.

            I know, i know… Not All Women Are Like That…

            • Hi ITW,

              In regard to today’s divorce statistics, I do agree with you. During the present time women do initiate the majority of divorces, but I don’t blame it on women working. I blame it on the “me, me, me” and victim mentality complex that is mandated from cradle to grave through today’s education systems. Strong parents create strong kids. Weak parents create weak kids. When Mom and Dad don’t care what Burt and Agnes are doing, Burt and Agnes are going to learn the system through anyone who is willing to teach them (aka Uncle Sam and his weirdos).

              Every woman in my family worked while I was growing up – my mom, my aunts, and my grandmothers. My sisters and I learned you cannot rely on anyone else for what you need. What woman wants to ask her husband $150 for groceries each week, $50 for a haircut, or $30 for a new shirt? They are our partners, not our keepers. At the same time, women also have a responsibility to contribute. All of the pressure should not be put on the man to keep a roof over one’s head.

              When March 2020 and the Plandemic arrived, my husband was laid off for 5 months. What were we going to do…starve? He didn’t sit home all day – he did jobs on the side – heating/air repairs, painting, excavating, etc., but it was my paycheck that kept us going until the lockdowns were over. I remember the same thing growing up as the Steamfitters Union laid my father off during the 1980s (once right on Christmas Eve…that was a fun Christmas). My mother’s job at the telephone company kept a roof over our heads and food in our belly.

              While the men went overseas to Europe and Japan during World War II it was the women in the US that kept the steel plants and farmland going. There wasn’t an influx of divorce during this time, because the purpose was to work together, and everyone did what they needed to do. There is a different mentality today. People don’t want to work as hard…not only for a job, but in a relationship, on their house, or rearing their children. Selfishness has replaced commitment.

          • Hi RG, et al,

            It’s worth considering that we all have our experiences and outcomes, but anecdotal stories tend to not translate to widespread knowledge….that said, I am older, though certainly no wiser than most of the people here…..an early boomer….perhaps you are right. In my parents’ generation, divorce was uncommon, especially in Catholic couples. The education system was largely government propaganda even then, but it was also different. The depression years starting in 1929 occurred starting when my parents were teenagers. This had a huge effect on that generations psychological reality. They were used to real deprivation. As an aside, my mother, an second generation Italian from the tenements of South Boston, absolutely hated FDR and the Kennedy clan. In any case, for my parents, and especially my mother, learning the basics of reading, writing, math etc. was an obsession so all of my siblings and I could read before we started school. In public school, in the poorest state in the union, actual learning took place early and kids were actually graded on their performance…..but in terms of how history and government/civics were taught, there was a real element of propaganda and unlike math where answers were either graded as right or wrong, regurgitation of propaganda was rewarded. It’s worth acknowledging that public schools in the U.S. started in 1850 in Massachusetts using the Prussian model, which essentially preached all must bow to the omnipotent state. The current model of education is the inevitable extension of that model.
            The other relevant note from my childhood was that my mother did actually return to work after we were old enough and I grew up in towns where the concept of a latch-key child was unknown as people did not lock their houses up. Also, if one egregiously fucked up, the neighbors had permission to correct the behaviours. But my story is possibly of little relevance as well.
            Perhaps this Fourth Turning as Howe and Strauss style it will occur according to some pattern….IMO, most such predictions fail miserably but that does not mean the concept is useless. From the individual’s perspective, what matters is less the global aspects, over which he or she essentially has no control or input, but rather what can be done for survival at the individual and/or local level. I commend you, RG, on homeschooling your kids….you are giving them an incredible advantage. If you don’t mind my asking, are you using a particular curriculum?
            No more rambling for now….

            • Hi Giuseppe,

              When I first began I followed the Abeka curriculum. As the kids have gotten older I am more of an unschooler. We teach what they want to learn. I choose five to six classic novels a year for them to read and we focus on math, but we can veer off into any avenue that we feel like….various historical eras, animal husbandry, geopolitics, diet and nutrition, economics, etc.

              My feeling is once a child has the basics of math, reading, and writing down I let them choose what they find interesting. It isn’t an approach that most would follow, but it works for us.

              • Hi RG.

                I see you also focused on education, rather than indoctrination. We followed a similar path with ours. Heavy focus on reading (starting with reading stories from a very early age). Then, after they learned to love books, the focus was on the proper reading method. Then basic math. Then learning to do basic math in their head. Then basic science, history (with a focus on who did what to whom, and how did they get away with it, or not. Also, “History is the comforting lies we tell each other”.) Then basic economics (Austrian of course). After having a good basic education, the focus was on what they found interesting. All along that path, the focus was on critical thinking. There is a vast difference between being taught how to think, as opposed to what to think. If more people had invested the time and effort we have, the world wouldn’t be in the dire situation that we find ourselves in. I wish you and yours all the best of luck. We are all going to need it.

              • Good for you,

                I’m pretty sure your approach is fairly brilliant. Just as an aside, I attended the Mises Institute supporters summit which was frelling awesome. One of the panelists for the discussion of education was a 53 year old mother who had homeschooled her children with a ton of success and it sounded very similar to your approach. I’ll never forget her closing statement as she turned to the audience with the passionate plea, “If you truly love your children, take them out of the public education system” (as I remember it that was a paraphrase). The woman was a beautiful individual both physically and intellectually and her plea rang true for me.

          • I did not say government held a gun to any mother’s head and forced them to work. I said the tax bill forced many to do so. I did not suggest that mother’s should be forced to “stay home”. Regarding divorce impoverishing women, perhaps you have missed some current events. For some time now it’s the husband that gets taken to the cleaners in divorce court. I do not begrudge any woman who want’s to work. I do begrudge an economy controlled by the state that compels women to work who would rather be home raising their children, instead of public schools pretending they do. How many more would be homeschooled if more mothers that wished to could afford to stay home and do so? I do applaud you and what you are doing with your kids, but I suspect that in your business a great deal of your work is done at home. While the kids don’t have your undivided attention while you do so, you are there, should need arise. My point being, many, if not most mothers are not given a choice. Because their cumulative tax bill is precious close to 50%. How convenient.

            • What tax bill would that be, John? In 2020 61% of all tax filers paid $0 in federal income taxes. Zero. Zilch.

              Below is what the average American paid in income taxes in 2018…the most recent data available.

              https://www.businessinsider.com/personal-finance/average-federal-income-tax-payment-by-income?op=1

              I am against taxes, but taxes are not such inconceivable amounts that it forces another parent to work, this would actually increase taxes, since both spouses would be pushed into a higher tax bracket. If two parents are working it is because they want certain things…a bigger house, two or three cars, private school, name brand clothing, electronics, etc.

              I actually work in an office and not from home. For several years my children went into the office with me. The days that I had to be on a client site or had customer appointments I hired a babysitter. As my children got older they had a list of chores and studies to complete and they stayed home.

              I know very few women that would prefer to stay home, rather than work. The majority that I know do not wish to be with their children. Of course, this isn’t every woman, but many find it stifling to be with their kids all day which is why Johnny and Susie are in the public school system.

              It is still possible for a family to live off one income in this country.

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